Performances, Exhibitions, Events
Below are a selection of recent artistic and research projects for which I have had the pleasure of acting as curator, dramaturg, or performer
C-O-M-P-O-S-I-T-I-O-N-S #2 — Sesquisharp Productions
I’m excited to be developing the second iteration of the micro-concert series, COMPOSITIONS, to debut in Toronto in fall 2019. Stay tuned for more details.
Rings Through Water — Xara Choral Theatre
I’m thrilled to again be joining the Halifax-based Xara Choral Theatre in the new work Rings Through Water. This interdisciplinary collaborative creation between Indigenous and Settler artists delves into the powerful relationship between women and water. Drawing on “ethereal choral and solo singing, contemporary and traditional Indigenous dance, powerful text and theatrical presentation”, the three vignettes in this production “speak for water, lift up the voices of its protectors, and amplify the voices of the missing and murdered Indigenous women who have met their end in it. They also offer a reconciliation-based model for Indigenous and Settler collaboration.” Read more HERE.
C-O-M-P-O-S-I-T-I-O-N-S (a micro performance series) — Sesquisharp Productions
Starting 2019 off with an intimate house concert in Parkdale, Toronto—the first in a series of micro-performances presented by Sesquisharp Productions and curated by Shalon T. Webber-Heffernan. This concert features performances by xLq (Maddie Bautista & Jordan Campbell), Megan Johnson & Jon McSpadden, with screenings of short films by Brian Johnson and Valerie Calam & Paul Shepherd, and a special appearance by DJ Saf.
Fatty Legs Tour — Xara Choral Theatre
I’m delighted to be joining Xara Choral Theatre this fall for their 2018 Ontario tour of their show Fatty Legs. Dealing with themes of reconciliation and residential schools, the show is an adaptation of the book Fatty Legs by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak Fenton (illustrations by Liz Amini-Holmes) and was a collaborative creation between an Inuit author, an Anishinaabe dancer, and a non-Indigenous choral ensemble. For more information (as well as an educators guide) please see Xara’s website HERE.
Nocturne Halifax — Sesquisharp Productions
Working with an incredible team of designers, actors, and musicians, we re-invented Sesquisharp’s most recent concert Let Evening Come as part of Halifax’s all night art-fest and transformed it into an interactive performance installation that also featured a micro-classical music concert.
Let Evening Come — Sesquisharp Productions
A multidisciplinary show that incorporates the music of Chausson, Debussy, Greig, and Strauss, alongside original poetry and contemporary folk song arrangements.
Featuring performers Caroline Whalen, soprano; Ethan Lawler, trombone and arranger; Jacob Caines, vocalist; Megan Johnson, mezzo-soprano; Willem Blois, piano; Frietzen Kenter and Zoë Mackey-Boehner, actors.
Alex Bulmer — Film screening & discussion
We screened a selection of writer, filmmaker, and performer Alex Bulmer’s film and TV work illuminating how becoming blind has liberated her artistic voice. With humour, wit, and thoughtful attention, Bulmer's work traces themes of disability politics, inclusive representation, and her own lived experience of blindness. This screening was presented with captions and pre-recorded audio description.
Dramaturgy Fellow — Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
As part of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' New Play Dramaturg Intensive (NPDI), I assisted with a week-long development period and public presentation of the play Tight End by playwright Rachel Bykowski with dramaturgs Mark Bly and Adrien-Alice Hansel and director Tina Parker.
Mark the Music — Sesquisharp Productions
Featuring vocal and instrumental music by Handel, Gabrielli, Stravinsky and Korngold, and scenes from Shakespeare’s most beloved works.
Philip Hoffman — Film screening & discussion
Recognized as Canada’s pre-eminent diary filmmaker, Philip Hoffman's work spans themes of memory, archive, history, and autobiography. A monumental figure in the Canadian independent film scene and recipient of the 2016 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts, Hoffman has created over 30 works in a career that has spanned nearly four decades. This screening of Hoffman's most recent works, including Slaughterhouse (2014), Aged (2014), and By the Time We Got to Expo (co-maker Eva Kolcze) (2015), was followed by a conversation with the filmmaker on the content and process for these films.
The Hidden Labour of Cathy Berberian — York University
This research creation project engaged with issues of (hidden) labour, performance infrastructure, and genealogies in the development, staging, and performance of a monodrama for solo voice, exhibited as a (disjointed) performance-lecture of Luciano Berio’s seminal composition Sequenza III per voce femminille.
Façade: An Evening of Rotating Conductors — Sesquisharp Productions
An upside down presentation of music by des Prez, Walton, Reilly and Rzewski. A concert where two distinctly different conductors perform in a wacky presentation of choral, chamber, and avant-garde music.
When the Body Betrays
This is a solo show for female performer and tape that explores the continual betrayal of the body and the performer's subsequent desire to disengage from a relationship with her body. Currently under development.
my body is [an] exhausted [temple]
This upcoming exhibition-in-process will bring together disability-identified artists in commentary on the temporal experiences of exhaustion.